Saturday, July 7, 2012

Sirenz Back in Fashion

Review Time! Sirenz Back in Fashion is the sequel to 2011 YA Debut Sirenz by Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman! I am part of the Sirenz Two Worlds Blog Tour which is happening right now all around the blogosphere. Nat and Char will be stopping by Badass Bookie tomorrow with a giveaway so don't stray too far! Thanks to Charlotte for the review copy!

(Goodreads) It's Hell on heels--again

When Shar tries on a ring from Hades, it activates an obscure contractual clause that puts Shar and former-frenemy-now-friend Meg in Hades' service once more. Shar is whisked away to the Underworld to prepare a ball for Persephone, while Meg is sent to retrieve the errant soul of spoiled rich girl Paulina Swanson and send her to the abyss. Just when it appears the girls will be doomed to serve Hades for eternity, Shar meets two possibly helpful demi-gods who also happen to be gorgeous. Can the girls finally ditch the Lord of the Dead once and for all?

The Short Story? - In the name of fashion, Sirenz Back in Fashion is definitely the flavour of this season! With Bennardo and Zaman's signature wit and humour, this highly anticipated sequel does not disappoint fans of Sirenz! With all the downright dirty fashion of Sirenz, a brand new plot, some swoon worthy greek boys and a new mission for Shar and Meg, Sirenz Back in Fashion will have you laughing from cover to cover!

The Long Story? - Despite the rather MG fiction cover, this is actually a very high-class work of YA fiction. Personally, I liked Sirenz Back in Fashion more than Sirenz. I very much enjoyed the new bond that has formed between Shar and Meg and the plot definitely comes with extra twists and turns that made Sirenz Back in Fashion a pleasure to read! With this sequel I felt that it was more like two different plots that have been weaved into a bigger picture. Shar and Meg were very much separated during this novel even though their friendship has bought them closer then ever. Shar was held captive in Hell with Hades where she met Caz, who is this gorgeous boy that will melt you into a muddle! Meg has been assigned to bring Paulina, her new roommate back to hell in order to get Shar back. These girls followed very different plot lines during the novel but Bennardo and Zaman has managed to the two plots very nicely into a big picture.

The characterisation in Sirenz Back in Fashion was very well done. As I mentioned before, I really like the new bond between Shar and Meg that was formed during their adventures during Sirenz. The solid friendship between the two very different girls really gave the story that extra shine. That friendship is something that a lot of readers can relate as we have that friendship bond with our own friends! Not to mention it was nice to read a book where friendship was more important than boys ( although they are VERY important as well!). Shar has grown as a character, while she's still the fun drama queen we met in Sirenz, she is definitely nicer and more considerate. Meg is still herself but with Shar's friendship, I think she's opened up to other people a lot better! Caz is one of my new favourite characters because HE IS JUST TOO HOT TO DESCRIBE! I also thought Paulina was an interesting character, I definitely see that HUGE bomb, Bennardo and Zaman dropped on us during the last few chapters of the book. Overall, definitely a unique and fun cast of characters!

My recommendation is for everyone to rush to their nearest bookstore and pick up both Sirenz and Sirenz Back in Fashion. Honestly, this is one of my favourite series. Straying from the typical YA Greek mythology novels, Bennardo and Zaman has created a unique story that combines the traditional greek myths with humour, fashion and characters that you'll love! Sirenz Back in Fashion is completely amazing and I can't wait to see what Bennardo and Zaman has planned for us next!

What's it Worth? - *PLEASE* Hand Over Your Paycheck

Badass Bookie xx

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